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GLEBE ISLAND BRIDGE 26192 of NSW LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
Hansard for Thursday 21 November 2013, viewed Wednesday 27 November 2013 http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/Prod/Parlment/hanstrans.nsf/V3ByKey/LC20131121/$File/LC20131121.pdf

26192 LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL 21 November 2013

GLEBE ISLAND BRIDGE


Dr MEHREEN FARUQI: My question is directed to the Minister for Roads and Ports. Will the Minister explain to the House whether he supports the costly and unnecessary demolition of the historic Glebe Island Bridge instead of the more sustainable option of preserving and adaptively reusing it for public transport, active transport or other purposes?

The Hon. DUNCAN GAY: What I support is a proper dialogue on what needs to happen and a proper dialogue that includes the community. There are two distinct processes at play as to the future of Glebe Island Bridge. First, there is the independent report on the costs and benefits of retaining the bridge which is currently underway and being conducted by ACIL Allen Consulting. This report was commissioned by Transport for NSW following the recommendations of the Bays Precinct Taskforce—hardly a part of the New South Wales Government if one looks at its members—that a comprehensive analysis be conducted of the costs and benefits of retaining versus removing the bridge.

Public submissions on this report closed on 15 November so it has not been a secret government document. The report has been out there for community consultation before Dr Mehreen Faruqi read about it in the Sydney Morning Herald, where she gets all her information. The report had been out there and the public had been considering submissions. Transport for NSW is now considering submissions in consultation with the Bays Precinct Implementation Committee and will make a recommendation on the future of the bridge for the Government's consideration in 2014. The second process is the listing of the bridge on the heritage register.

The Hon. Penny Sharpe: Why aren't you talking to Robyn?

The Hon. DUNCAN GAY: There is a question before the House. Do you want to hear the answer or do you just want to blurt on like you normally do? You might get it right for a change if you listen.

The PRESIDENT: Order! The Minister should ignore the interjections, difficult though that might be at times.

The Hon. Penny Sharpe: I always get it right.

The Hon. DUNCAN GAY: That is not what Gladys says. The second process is the listing of the bridge on the heritage register following the recommendation by the Heritage Council of New South Wales to the Minister for Heritage. Under the Heritage Act the decision on whether to list the bridge focuses on its heritage value. Clearly heritage is one part, a very important part, of the decision on whether to retain or remove the bridge. Other factors also need to be taken into account, including safety, the environment, economics and public amenity.

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That has been my position and one that I notice the Bays Precinct Implementation Committee is working towards. There have been a number of vessel incidents in the vicinity of the bridge including, sadly, a recent fatality. In addition, the quality of water in Blackwattle Bay is not as good as it could be because it cannot be flushed properly due to the current configuration of the structure. A final decision on the future of the bridge will not be made until Transport for NSW and the Bays Precinct Implementation Committee report back to Government. This report will take into account all factors associated with retaining versus removing the bridge.

Heritage will be one of the factors considered. I believe heritage listing should be considered but only after a full investigation of the other options is on the table to enable an informed decision to be made.

Gazettal of State Heritage Listing
http://www.nsw.gov.au/gazette/index

RMS Listing
http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/index.cgi?action=heritage.show&id=4301666


State Heritage Register
http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/heritageapp/ViewHeritageItemDetails.aspx?ID=4301666
Comment on Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan before 29 Nov
http://www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au/About-Council/Public-Consultation/Plans-on-Exhibition/Draft-Pedestrian-Access-and-Mobility-Plan

Precinct Meeting - All Welcome
7pm, 2nd December 2013, Annandale Neighbourhood Centre.
Custom is to have short meeting and then some Christmas drinks.
http://ramin.com.au/annandale/precinct-meetings.shtml

The Santalands Diaries
8pm on 6,7, 8, 13, 14, 15th December 2013
http://www.archway1theatre.com/theatre.html

Carols on the Hunter Baillie Church Lawn
Friday 6th December from 6 to 7 pm
BYO Rug/chair, picnic & Voice!
http://www.hunterbaillie.org.au/

Polyseme from the Annandale Galleries collection
http://www.annandalegalleries.com.au/

Rozelle Tram Sheds (Harold Park) DA
10 Maxwell Road Forest Lodge - D/2013/883
Assesment Report to be considered by Planning Development
and Transport Committee of CoS on 3 December 2013
http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/council/about-council/meetings/calendar-and-business-papers

Productivity Commission on Conservation of Australia's Heritage (2006)
http://www.pc.gov.au/projects/inquiry/heritage/docs/finalreport

Marghanita da Cruz
Editor Annandale on the Web
Ramin Communications Pty Ltd
http://ramin.com.au/
Phone:(+61)0414-869202
Category: Arts Theatre
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Invitation to New Theatre 2014 Program Launch
After rising to the dare to climb the heights of Tom Bannerman's set of Dying for IT, New Theatre President Rosanne Mcnamara introduced Louise Fischer, the Artistic Director.

After ackowledging the efforts of the team of Script Readers,Fischer interviewed each of the directors in the 2014 Program, except one who had a prior commitment at NIDA.

Alice Livingston who will direct Privates on Parade for Mardis Gras, is looking forward to the challenge of her first singing and dancing production.

The next director, also a woman, will bring To kill a Mocking bird to the New Theatre.
Mcnamara will have her relatives in mind, as she portrays the story of a Viennese Musician bring Schubert's Lieder to Darwin in Maestro.

Fischer and three other female directors will tackle Why Torture is Wrong and the People That Love Them, Book of Days, Wolf Lullaby and Harvest. Just leaving room for one last production - possibly directed by a bloke!

Rosanne Macnamara then thanked the numerous people who keep the New Theatre going including Gemma for new look postcards and website for 2014.

Dying for It, New Theatre's last production for 2013 runs until 21 December.

More at newtheatre.org.au



Category: Arts Bonsai
Posted by: marghanita
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On a visit to Canberra, I came across Acorns sprouting along the footpath in O'Connor on 15 November 2013.

Collecting a few, I have decided to explore bonsai or penjing in Annandale (Sydney).

What others say...
"The Oak is a particularly hardy tree and is able to withstand climatic extremes, from drought to sun exposure. This makes the Bonsai Oak tree a particularly great candidate for your care..."
http://www.bonsai-made-easy.com/bonsaioaktree.html

Images of Bonsai Oaks
"So much public interest has been centered in the Pyrmont bridge that but little attention has been paid to the construction of the new Glebe Island bridge, which forms the remaining link in the improvements on the direct line of communication for the large volume of traffic from the city to Balmain and the western suburbs..." 1902 'NEW GLEBE ISLAND BRIDGE.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 13 November, p. 10, viewed 21 November, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article14495889

"A list of opening rail bridges compiled by the United States Coast Guard identifies 613 opening bridges in the USA, some of which were built in the late 1800s (still
operational), many with much larger opening spans and higher vertical alignments than the proposed Port River Expressway bridge...http://infrastructure.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/3166/bridgeInfo.pdf(viewed 21 November 2013)

Percy Allan, the Engineer-in-charge of Bridge Design within the Department, used for the bridge a new form of timber truss he had developed, using Australian ironbark timber for its strength. The benefits of the Allan timber truss were the elimination of bending stresses in the bottom chord of the truss and increased load bearing capability, as well as ease of maintenance and reduced cost..." Christa Ludlow, 'Pyrmont bridge', Dictionary of Sydney, 2010, http://www.dictionaryofsydney.org/entry/entry/pyrmont_bridge, viewed 21 November 2013

When these iron bark trusses were replaced, the RTA stored them and they were reused in the construction of the
construction site

Rozelle Bay Community Native Nursery
in 2012.


Glebe Island Bridge postcard 1915
Category: Sydney Transport
Posted by: marghanita
West Connex Tollway

Minister Duncan Gay: $11-$11.5 billion ...WestConnex Delivery Authority established Posted on: 31/10/2013

Dr Mehreen Faruqui MLC: The 13 billion dollar WestConnex is a massive opportunity cost for real public transport measures for Western Sydney...Westconnex Will Not Deliver for Sydney

Debate resumed from 20 June 2013. Mr JOHN SIDOTI (Drummoyne): The New South Wales Government will spend $1.8 billion on the WestConnex project over four years, funding the first stage before seeking private investment. This will not only alleviate many traffic concerns in the Concord area in my electorate but also stop much of the rat-running in our local streets. This is great news for not only the people of Drummoyne but the State at large. The Government is investing in light rail: $75 million for the central business district and south-east light rail, and $67 million to complete the Inner West Light Rail Extension....BUDGET ESTIMATES AND RELATED PAPERS
Page: 22179 Financial Year 2013-14


West Connex to save 40minutes Parramatta to Sydney Airport?

Current train travel time from Parramatta to Airport at 7:49am on a Monday morning is 44mins. Source: Sydney Transport Planner)

Central to Airport 13minutes. Parramatta to Sydney Airport Domestic travel time is approximately 45 minutes Source:Airport Train.

High Speed Rail (Newcastle-Sydney-Canberra)

Benefits include reduction of flight demand and improve land (rail) access to Sydney Airport

Cost: $12billion to improve rail link between Sydney and Newcastle
$22.2billion to improve rail link between Canberra and Sydney ...more

How well are we utilising our current Road Infrastructure?

18/06: If Sydney could do it for the Olympics why not the rest of the time?

2013 Budget Estimates – Roads and Ports

Dr MEHREEN FARUQI: It is good to know. What projects are currently happening
for the better utilisation of roads infrastructure by enabling bidirectional use of lanes
to meet peak demands in opposite directions, such as the ones that operate on the
harbour bridge and on Victoria Road?
The Hon. MICK VEITCH: Contra flows.
The Hon. DUNCAN GAY: You mean the zipper ones?
Dr MEHREEN FARUQI: No, bidirectional use where you can change.
The Hon. DUNCAN GAY: Oh, tidal flow or timed lanes.
Dr MEHREEN FARUQI: Yes. Are there any planned over the next year for roads?
The Hon. DUNCAN GAY: I do not know, off the top of my head. Do you mind if I take
that on notice?
ANSWER:
I am advised:
Roads and Maritime Services has no plans to implement any tidal flow or timed lane
projects in the 2013-14 financial year.
Duncan Gay MLC
Deputy Leader of Government in the Legislative Council
Minister for Roads and Ports
Source: Answers to questions on notice taken during the hearing – Minister Gay – Roads and Ports (2013 Budget Estimates – Roads and Ports)

Petition

Petition To: Federal, New South Wales, and Local Governments
Prioritise Sydney's public & active transport (over the Westconnex).
We the undersigned call upon the Federal, New South Wales, and Local Governments to prioritise enhanced and expanded public and active transport to meet the needs of the people of Sydney.
...Sign the Petition
Posted by: marghanita
BBQ Consultation on Concept Design for Cliff Parklands in Harold Park
10am to 2pm Sat 9 November 2013 (Lord Mayoral launch at 10.30am)
Bicentennial Park (nearest entry Chapman Rd Annandale)
Plans will also be available at Annandale Neighbourhood Centre
http://sydneyyoursay.com.au/johnstons-creek-parklands

Song Company to perform Christmas Songs from around the Globe
3pm Sunday 10 Nov, Hunter Baillie Church
http://www.hunterbaillie.org.au/Events.htm

Remembrance Day 2013
Date: Monday 11 November
Venue: Annandale War Memorial, Hinsby Park, Johnston St Annandale.
Commencing: 10:30am Hymns by Annandale North School Choir

Consultation on Booth and Johnston Sts Masterplan
Annandale Town Hall
5.30pm Thursday 14 November 2013.

Save the Glebe Island bridge and turn it into a Cycle and Walkway.
Let the NSW Government know what you think, before 15 November 2013
http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/media-releases/community-feedback-invited-future-glebe-island-bridge

03/11: Adapting the Glebe Island Bridge for pedestrians and cyclists
http://ramin.com.au/blog/index.php?itemid=260&catid=12

Orientiering 4.00pm 16 Nov
Federal Park Chapman Road
http://onsw.asn.au/index.php/events/summer-series/summer-series-south

More about What's on in Annandale at
http://ramin.com.au/annandale/

Marghanita da Cruz
Editor Annandale on the Web
Ramin Communications Pty Ltd
http://ramin.com.au/
Phone:(+61)0414-869202
AA-1






Act No. 45, 1897. An Act to sanction the construction of a stone causeway, having a steel swing-pan in the centre, in substitution for the present bridge at Glebe Island. [10th December, 1897.]

Whereas, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Act of 1888, the Legislative Assembly did, by resolution, declare that it was expedient to carry out a certain work, namely, the construction of a stone causeway, having a steel swing-span in the centre, in substitution for the present bridge at Glebe Island...
http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/nsw/num_act/giba1897n45166.pdf

Lifting the Road on Glebe Island to the new Bridge circa 1900

From State Records NSW (Western Sydney Records Centre)
Photographs Series 17420 Items 1693 & 623-626

Lifting the Road on Glebe Island to the New Bridge circa 1900

Lifting the Road on Glebe Island to the New Bridge circa 1900

Lifting the Road on Glebe Island to the New Bridge circa 1900

Lifting the Road on Glebe Island to the New Bridge circa 1900

More on the Glebe Island Bridge at 03/11: Adapting the Glebe Island Bridge would encourage more pedestrians and cyclists
Minister for Roads and Ports, the Hon Duncan Gay MLC (office@gay.minister.nsw.gov.au)
Level 35 Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney NSW 2000

Cc: Mr Jamie Parker, Member for Balmain (balmain@parliament.nsw.gov.au)
112A Glebe Point Road, Glebe, 2037

Cc: Dr Mehreen Faruqi, MLC(Mehreen.faruqi@parliament.nsw.gov.au)
Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000

CC: Mr Cameron White (info@environment.nsw.gov.au)
Manager Listings Team,Office of Environment and Heritage
PO Box A290, Sydney South, NSW 1232

CC: Maritime Management Centre (mmc@transport.nsw.gov.au)

CC: National Trust (gquint@nationaltrust.com.au)

Annandale,
Monday 5 November 2013

Thankyou for inviting the community to comment on the OPTIONS FOR
GLEBE ISLAND BRIDGE: COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS OF VARIOUS
OPTIONS FOR GLEBE ISLAND BRIDGE Report
http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/media-releases/community-feedback-invited-future-glebe-island-bridge

Glebe Island Bridge provides the opportunity for a much more pleasant
bicycle ride or walk into the City than the alternative of the ANZAC
Bridge. The Glebe Island Bridge should be adapted for use as a pedestrian
and cycleway and the Swing Mechanism maintained to allow, when open, the
simultaneous passage of two vessels as its designers and builders achieved
over 110 years ago.

Similar use of the Pyrmont Bridge at Darling Harbour has been extrenely
successful. The cost of maintaining a second similar bridge should only
be incremental.

See the photograph and description of the Four Masted Barque Gustav passing
through the open bridge in the 1920s at: Why the Glebe Island Bridge needs
to be listed on the State Heritage Register
http://ramin.com.au/blog/index.php?itemid=178&catid=12

The Report states that only 229 cyclists and 101 walkers commute to work
per day over the ANZAC bridge and that if these commuters had and chose
the alternative of using the Glebe Island Bridge, they would save 5 minutes
and 15 minutes on each trip, which equates to 10 and 30 minutes on the
return trip. This indicates the Glebe Island Bridge would become
significantly more attractive to pedestrians in terms of time alone.

The assumption of 1000 potential trips by cyclists and walkers is extremely
low - as if the 101 walkers commuted on 10 days that would be 2020 trips!

In terms of fitness levels and pleasantness of the trip - a walk or cycle
on a car free Glebe island bridge would be significantly quieter, offer
cleaner calmer air, be less strenuous and as the Report points out, would
be quicker than one on the exposed ANZAC bridge, which has reached its
capacity for pedestrians and cyclists at peak times.

The easier walk and cycle on the Glebe Island bridge rather than the climb
to the ANZAC bridge would make the trip more attractive for both
commuters and recreational walkers and cyclists. This would contribute
significantly to the health and well being of the community.

As Johnston Bay (including Rozelle, Blackwattle and White Bay) foreshores
continue to become residential, the number of walkers and cyclists and
demand for open space will increase. The Glebe island bridge provides the
opportunity for a pedestrian and cycle route to the Casino, Employment at
Pyrmont and Ultimo, the Fish Markets, the arts and culture precinct of the
ABC and UTS as well as the University of Sydney from Leichhardt,
Lilyfield, Annandale, Rozelle, Balmain and beyond.

The Glebe Island Bridge was designed and permits two channels of marine
traffic to pass through when it is open. Delays to boating waiting for the
bridge to open needs to be assessed in proportion to the total time of the
journey these vessels are undertaking and the control they have on their
departure times. After all, even if the bridge were removed, their journeys
would be affected by other traffic in the bays and wider harbour.

Introducing a Toll on the Water Channels will help meet the cost
of maintaining the Channels and opening the bridge.

Please retain the Glebe Island bridge and put it to good use.

Marghanita da Cruz
Tel 0414-869202
Email: marghanita@ramin.com.au
http://ramin.com.au/blog/

Addendum

Battle over Rozelle and Blackwattle Bay
Gladesville, Drummoyne (Iron Cove) and Glebe Island Tram Swing Bridges 1912...
http://ramin.com.au/travel/trams-vs-steamers.shtml

and

03/11: Adapting the Glebe Island Bridge would encourage more pedestrians and cyclists




Category: Arts Music
Posted by: marghanita
Sarah-Grace Williams, Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Metropolitan Orchestra takes a bowSarah-Grace Williams, Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Metropolitan Orchestra takes a bow.

After an impromptu Happy Birthday under the direction of their patron Guy Noble, the Metropolitan Orchestra entranced the full Eugene Goosens Hall at the ABC in Ultimo with BEETHOVEN Symphony no 5 and TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony no 5.
The department of transport is seeking community comment on the report into options to demolish or restore the Glebe Island Bridge.

The report OPTIONS FOR GLEBE ISLAND BRIDGE:
COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS OF VARIOUS OPTIONS FOR GLEBE ISLAND BRIDGE (30 Sep 2013) states:
"Based on data by the NSW Bureau of Transport Statistics, there are 229 cyclists and 101 walkers each work day who could potentially enjoy time savings by commuting to work over the low-level restored Glebe Island Bridge instead of the high-level Anzac Bridge. In the cost-benefit analysis, it is assumed that, on average, cyclists save 5 minutes per trip while walkers save 15 minutes per trip."

"The restored Bridge’s heritage benefits and the amenity benefits that will be enjoyed by recreational walkers and cyclists have not been explicitly quantified in the cost-benefit analysis. Instead, ACIL Allen has calculated the threshold value that the community must ascribe to the heritage aspects of the restored Glebe Island Bridge and to its potential amenity benefits in order for Restoration to be the preferred option."

"Conclusion [of the Report]

The cost-benefit analysis indicates that Full Demolition of the Glebe Island Bridge generates a relatively high BCR of approximately 3.0 under a 7 per cent real discount rate. About a quarter of the benefits of this option are attributable to maintenance cost savings relative to the Base Case, while nearly three-quarters of the benefits is due to expected maritime travel time savings from the widened channel. The BCR is therefore sensitive to the assumed average time saving per vessel. If the assumed average time saving is halved from 10 minutes to 5 minutes, the BCR decreases to 1.92.

Restoration of the Glebe Island Bridge generates benefits from reduced maintenance costs relative to the Base Case as well as commuter time savings for some of the cyclists and walkers who currently commute to work over the high-level Anzac Bridge. However, these benefits are only a third of the value of the estimated time losses that would be experienced by vessel operators when the Bridge is primarily closed and only periodically opened after restoration.

The heritage value of the restored Bridge and the amenity benefits experienced by recreational walkers and cyclists have not been explicitly quantified in the cost- benefit analysis. However, ACIL Allen’s analysis suggests that they have to be at least $125.1 million in 2013 dollars in present value terms over the 30-year analysis period (under a 7 per cent real discount rate) in order for Restoration to be the preferred option.

If these “required” unquantified benefits are to be evenly split between heritage and amenity benefits, the community must value the heritage aspects of the Glebe Island Bridge at more than $62.5 million in 2013 dollars and value the amenity benefits to recreational cyclists and walkers at more than $5.5 million a year. Assuming 1,000 trips are made each day by such cyclists and walkers, the community would have to value each trip at more than $15.20 in 2013 dollars."
...
http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/sites/default/files/b2b/media/ACIL%20Allen%20Glebe%20Island%20Bridge%20CBA%20final%20report%2016Sep13.pdf

More at:
http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/media-releases/community-feedback-invited-future-glebe-island-bridge

See also:
09/06: Why the Glebe Island Bridge needs to be listed on the State Heritage Register and
26/01: The Glebe Island Bridges

Institution of Engineers Submission at
http://xa.yimg.com/kq/groups/1300729/246838948/name/Engineering%20Heritage%20Submission%2028-10-13%2Epdf


Construction of the Swing Bridge and Roadway connecting to it on Glebe Island http://ramin.com.au/blog/index.php?itemid=268

1903 Image of Swing Bridge and Brick elevated Roadway on Glebe Island http://www.groveoz.info/oldbridge.htm

Submission:
05/11: Please retain the Glebe Island Bridge and make it a Cycle and Walkway

Sydney, ANZAC and Glebe Island Bridges, Sydney - photo Marghanita

See also Battle over Rozelle and Blackwattle Bay
report formGladesville, Drummoyne (Iron Cove) and Glebe Island Tram Swing Bridges
http://ramin.com.au/travel/trams-vs-steamers.shtml
Category: Arts Theatre
Posted by: marghanita
What does one do after directing Patrick White's Ham Funeral at the New?

Phil Rouse directs Alex Buzo's Rooted as the inaugural production of the Don't Look Away company. The venue is NIDA's intimate Parade Studio.

The central theme of Buzo's 1969 play is the myth of Marriage and the crumbling Power of the Breadwinner, with a career in the Public Service. The insightfulness and wisdom of the "yob" who still lives at home.

White rather than the traditional black clothed stage hands and sets brought the play upto date though the ownership of a seaside apartment is not quite believable in modern Manly.

Rooted by Alex Buzo
Directed by Phil Rouse
Parade Studio, NIDA
1-9 November 2013
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